It is regarded as fairly common knowledge that most of Hollywood leans left politically, so when a popular movie star take a shot at the supporters of the Republican presidential nominee, it’s not much of a surprise.
Prominent actor and director Brad Pitt recently sat down for an interview with The New York Times to discuss a range of topics, one of which was billionaire businessman Donald Trump and the people who support his bid for the presidency.
“I can’t bring myself to think that Trump will be in charge,” Pitt said. “In the simplest terms, what brings us together is good, and what separates us is bad.”
“When things are going wrong and we can’t find the reason for it, we just start creating enemies,” he continued, referencing a line from his recent movie “The Big Short” about the 2008 economic crisis.
As to the “extremism, bigotry, religiosity and fear” that the liberal media has tarred Trump and his supporterswith harboring, Pitt said, “Coming from Oklahoma, southern Missouri, which leans more toward a Trump voice, I try to understand it.”
“It seems that the people who suffer the most end up betting for the party that would hurt them,” he continued, perhaps unknowingly echoing an argument made by Republicans regarding minority voters supporting Democrats. “And so I try to understand where they’re coming from.”
Pitt then seemed to borrow an idea from President Barack Obama, who stated not too long ago that racism and strife is ingrained in the DNA of Americans.
“You gotta understand, that it’s also in our DNA,” Pitt explained. “Most Americans don’t have time to watch CNN and Fox and Al Jazeera. They’re trying to make the rent, get the kids fed, they’re tired when they get home and they want to forget about everything. And so suddenly when this voice comes in — and it doesn’t have to be a voice of substance — saying he’s fed up with all of this, that’s the part that hooks into the DNA.”
“What I’m most hopeful about is that we’re a global neighborhood now, and we start to understand each other more and more — and yet, you see this reactionary push for isolation and separation again,” Pitt continued with a shrug.
“A Trump supporter is fighting against just about everything,” he added. “What does he even mean, take our country back? Would someone please explain that to me? Where’d it go?”
Where’d it go? Perhaps you should ask Obama or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as they charted the path that our country has traveled down the past eight years, if you really want to know, “Where’d it go.”
Or perhaps Pitt just needs to spend some time talking with his father-in-law, conservative actor Jon Voight, who could no doubt explain to him what Trump’s supporters are all about and “where they’re coming from,” as he actually gets it.
(via: Conservative Tribune)